New Artist Give Back and Artist In Residence Recipients Announced

40 West Arts is honored to welcome our new Artist In Residence and Artist Give Back Recipients.


A little bit about the artist…

Janelle is an artist and a teacher, returned home to Denver to share her almost decade long experience living and creating in other countries. My current body of work during my 40 West Residency will focus on the ancient textile art of felting, with techniques learned from my two year stay in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Janelle also writes and maintains a blog space to keep up with her practice. Here’s a quick excerpt from her own post on the 40 West Arts selection:

”Greetings 40 West neighborhood and beyond! I'm the new Artist in Residence with the 40 West Creative Arts District in Lakewood. For those who don't know what this means, I have been given a year long residence in an apartment building in this creative district to live, create, and share with the residents and greater community. I hope to keep this blog to document the activities and process photos, keeping everyone informed of the transformative impact the arts can have on a community.”

Follow her blog and read more here.


Janelle held a felt soap making workshop for community members at Lamar Station Crossing where community members gathered together for a Felted Soap making workshop. Coming up, Janelle will host another felt-based workshop - this time around the idea of Halloween ghouls & ghosts theme!

Learn more and RSVP here.

Thank you to Metro West Housing Solutions for your partnership and collaboration in supporting 40 West Arts and the Artist in Residence program.

“Untitled, XVII” 35mm Photograph, Mordançage, 2018. 14” x 11”

“Untitled, XVII” 35mm Photograph, Mordançage, 2018. 14” x 11”


40 West Arts would also like to welcome our Give Back artist Kate Schaff who is in the process of moving into a new studio space located inside 40 West Gallery.

About the artist…

Kate Scalf is a Denver-based painter, sculptor and photographer. Focusing mostly on the portrait, she often incorporates elements of nature and science in her work and process. Existing somewhere between contemporary realism and abstract expressionism, Scalf creates hauntingly beautiful portraits of women and people of color which often challenge traditional beauty standards and convey the range of powerful emotions we all feel and relate to. Scalf has exhibited work in Hawaii and Colorado, and her mural installations are featured in Downtown Denver’s Live@Jacks live music venue, Montbello’s McGlone Academy, and the 40 West ArtLine.

Keep up to date with Kate and all of her work at her website or Instagram.

“Untitled Portrait,” Oil Pastel on Paper, 2019. 9” x 12” & “glitchmoss,” Oil on Canvas, 2018. 20” x 20”